Celebrating 44 Years of Porter Pipe & Supply

November 7th and 9th are always celebratory days here at Porter Pipe, marking our founder’s birthday and our company’s anniversary just two day apart!

It was 44 years ago, with eight children at home, that WWII Navy veteran Ralph Porter founded Porter Supply Co. on November 9, 1976—just two days after his birthday. What started as a heating supply company with 8,000 sq. ft. of space in Addison, Illinois has grown over the last four decades into the five facilities, millions of products, value-added services and steadfast team that make up Porter Pipe & Supply today.

Much of this is thanks to Ralph’s own sons, Jim and Bud Porter, who joined their father’s business in the early 80s as delivery drivers and now proudly serve as our CEO and President. We know that Ralph would be thrilled to see his family’s legacy continue under his two sons’ leadership, along with nine of his grandchildren and a team of over 210 members made up of many families that have spent the years growing alongside Porter Pipe.

That family-oriented and loyal commitment is what makes our culture so welcoming—and what our customers know to expect from working with us. It’s been a long road since 1976, paved with milestones such as new branches, new services and even two new Porter Family Companies, Bulldog Cartage and Porterfab, all in an effort to continually help serve our customers better. As we look back on Porter’s humble beginnings and Ralph’s initial mission, we know he would be proud of what Porter Pipe is today, and where we’re taking our customers in the future.

From all of us on the Porter Pipe team, we thank you for putting your trust in our partnership and helping us reach 44 incredible years of service. We also want to wish a happy heavenly birthday to the man who started it all, Ralph Porter. We are grateful every day to have the opportunity to uphold the high standards and exceptional service he established all those years ago—and to do it all for customers like you.

We’re forever grateful for his courage and dream. Nov. 7, 1926 – Oct. 12, 2014